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Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects

  • 01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects
Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

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© Derek Swalwell
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Text description provided by the architects. The site is on a corner in a leafy street. The area is quiet and would not feel out of place in a country town. The longest boundary faces north and abuts a generous grass nature strip.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Typically the original timber Edwardian house was located towards the corner of the site. Out-buildings were removed and the new work sought to address privileged orientation and heighten the entry sequence.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

The original house primarily accommodates the family’s own space; call it private. The new building is where day to day life is played out between kitchen and living. This public zone establishes a direct connection to the north lawn.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

The roughcast rendered garden wall sits somewhere between landscape, sculpture and building. It is both garden edge and entry wall.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Within the architecture there is a focus on texture. White paint reduces this palette of timber, steel, brickwork and roughcast render to texture alone. New and old are unified by this approach.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

There is nothing overly complex going on here, although it is a highly organised arrangement that allows everything to be in its place. This house is designed to be a beautiful backdrop for family life.

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Cite: "Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects" 04 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/532649/westgarth-house-kennedy-nolan-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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